A federal investigation into irregularities with mail-in ballots at the Luzerne County Bureau of Elections has turned up nine discarded ballots that were cast for President Donald Trump.
U.S. Attorney David J. Freed said Thursday that FBI agents and Pennsylvania State Police who began investigating “potential issues” with a small number of ballots earlier this week determined a small number of military ballots had been discarded.
A DOJ press release said:
On Monday, September 21, 2020, at the request of Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis, the Office of the United States Attorney along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Scranton Resident Office, began an inquiry into reports of potential issues with a small number of mail-in ballots at the Luzerne County Board of Elections.
Since Monday, FBI personnel working together with the Pennsylvania State Police have conducted numerous interviews and recovered and reviewed certain physical evidence.
Election officials in Luzerne County have been cooperative. At this point, we can confirm that a small number of military ballots were discarded.
Investigators have recovered nine ballots at this time. Some of those ballots can be attributed to specific voters and some cannot.
All nine ballots were cast for presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Our inquiry remains ongoing and we expect later today to share our up to date findings with officials in Luzerne County.
It is the vital duty of government to ensure that every properly cast vote is counted.
JUST IN: DOJ investigation has found that 9 mail-in ballots (all of which voted for Trump) were thrown out in Pennsylvania. pic.twitter.com/tAnB3lGE9V
— Kelb Hull (@CalebJHull) September 24, 2020
U.S. Attorney for Middle District of PA issued statement: "A small number of military ballots were discarded" at the Luzerne County Board of Elections. "Investigators have recovered 9 ballots at this time… all 9 ballots were cast for President Donald Trump."
— Jon Meyer (@JonMeyerWNEP) September 24, 2020
It recovered 9 military ballots — all of which were cast for TRUMP — that had been discarded. https://t.co/SZ20DlCvch
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) September 24, 2020